NORTH JACKSON Eugene Kobylanski, 81, passed away at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Eugene was born on March 4, 1929, in Tamne, Poland, the son of the late Antoni and Jozefa (Koksanowicz) Kobylanski and came to the United States in 1949.
Retired from Wean United in 1982, Eugene worked in shipping and receiving for 30 years.
He was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Lake Milton and he enjoyed farming and being outdoors.
Eugene was married on July 2, 1955, at St. Stanislaw Catholic Church in Youngstown to the former Genevieve Jenny Dudzik and together they shared 54 years of marriage.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Jenny; two sons, Edward (Cindy) Kobylanski of Boardman and Richard Kobylanski of Austintown; and three grandchildren, Stacie, Chad and Bryan Kobylanski.
Besides his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by two sons, John M. and Michael E. Kobylanski; two brothers, Walter and Chester Kobylanski; and two sisters, Genevieve Pupek and Jadwiga Sulikowski.
Calling hours will take place today, March 24, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, with Fr. David W. Merzweiler officiating at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 1254 Grandview Road, Lake Milton, OH 44429, preceded by closing prayers to be recited at 9 a.m., at the funeral home, prior to leaving in procession to the church. Burial will follow at North Jackson Cemetery.
Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this memorial tribute and share condolences
AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, at the Grace Nazarene Church in Mineral Ridge, for Georgia M. Sharp, 84, who passed away March 17, 2010, in Moore, Okla.
Georgia was born March 6, 1926, in Greenville, Pa., a daughter of the late Mearl and Evelyn (LeBarron) Bechdolt.
She was an active member in the Nazarene Church for over 50 years.
Her husband of 53 years, William A. Sharp, precedes Georgia in death.
A loving mother, she is survived by her children, Jean (John) Christy, Joseph (Glenda) Sharp, Janis (Russell) Clark, Jacquelyn (Daryl) Hall, Sue (Patrick) Montgomery, Karen Taylor and William (Donna) Sharp. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Bechdolt.
Besides her parents and husband, Georgia was preceded in death by a brother, John Bechdolt; and a son-in-law, Roy Taylor.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Grace Nazarene Church, prior to the services.
Georgia will be laid to rest at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
McCORMICK, S.C. Ethel Louise Henkel, 88, passed away in her sleep Sunday evening, March 21, 2010, in McCormick.
She was born in Cadiz in 1921 and was a longtime resident of North Canton and Canton.
She worked at the Hoover Company for many years prior to retiring to live near her daughter, Patricia Louise Henkel Fitch, in the Youngstown/Canfield area. They moved to South Carolina more than 10 years ago. She gloried in the sun and warm weather. She was devoted to her many dogs, and is survived by Vanessa, her fifth poodle.
In addition, she is survived by her daughter, Patricia Louise Henkel Fitch and devoted son-in-law, Jack Fitch; her son, Russell Lee Henkel and daughter-in-law, Geri Elizabeth Henkel of Livonia, Mich.; her grandson, Sean Eric Henkel; and two grandchildren, Eric Nolan Henkel and Jacob Ryan Henkel as well as her granddaughter-in-law, Laura Wright Henkel. They reside in Ada, Mich. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Hennessy, 86.
She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Herbert Eugene Henkel, a lifelong resident of the Canton area, in 1984.
Additionally, she is survived by her extended family of brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews and their children.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. at the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, 801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W.
Interment will be at Sunset Hills Burial Park.
Calling hours will be Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations can be made to the McCormick Childrens Home, P.O. Box 1146, McCormick, SC 29835.
DAYTON Ronald Dean Brown, 67, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, March 20, 2010.
He was born May 12, 1942, in Summerfield, the son of the late Clyde and Stella Brown.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Melvin Lynn and Robert Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Marie (Hood) and his sons, William and daughter-in-law JoAnn, Ronald and Jeremy; brothers Donald Dean and William Matthew; sisters Mary M. Barlett, Ora Viola Wallace, Alice Everel Sercish and Katheryn Hanlan; grandchildren Kyle K., Jacob T., Calista M., Jeremy T., Caitlyn E., Kelsey M., Brandie L. and Joann M.; along with several nieces and nephews.
Ronald joined the USAF in December of 1961 and served until May of 1984, when he retired as a Sergeant. At one point in his career, Ronald was stationed oversees in Japan. He continued working for the USAF at DESC from 1984 until he retired with numerous awards in March of 1994.
A special service will be held at the Watters Funeral Home in Woodsfield on April 3, 2010, at 11 a.m.
Please visit www.NewcomerDayton.com to send a special online message to the family.
POLAND Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman for Evelyn L. Souders Rowe Gleichauf, 101, who died Sunday afternoon at her residence surrounded by her family.
Evelyn was born March 20, 1909, in Rogers, a daughter of the late William and Captola Williams Souders.
She was a homemaker, a member of the Boardman United Methodist Church, the Amaranth Justice Court and the Aut Mori Cauldron.
She was an avid bowler for many years, enjoyed playing cards, and gardening. Evelyn lived her life to the fullest. She was never reluctant to join in the fun. At the age of 91, she attended two Jimmy Buffett concerts with her family. In 2005, Evelyn wanted to ride a Harley, so along with her granddaughter participated in the Fred Perry Poker Run.
Her first husband, Roland I. Rowe, whom she married Oct. 6, 1933, died Aug. 8, 1981. Her second husband, Ralph K. Gleichauf, whom she married Sept. 10, 1988, died March 31, 1998.
She leaves her two daughters, Patricia A. Hobbs of Austintown and Judith A. (Greg) Blunt of Poland; four grandchildren, Lisa J. Wright of Austintown, Gwynn A. (Greg) Hunter of Poland, Jason I. (Shelly) Blunt of Florida and Scott (Gina) Tucker of Canfield; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Besides her parents and her husbands, Evelyn was preceded in death by two brothers, John Souders and George Souders; five sisters, Nana Vale, Nellie Caldwell, Frances Galbreath, Eleanor Ginther and Bessie Gleichauf; and a grandson, Donald T. Hobbs II.
Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
POLAND - Prayers will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at noon at the Holy Family Church for Dorothy Martin, 73, who passed away Monday afternoon at Hospice House.
Dorothy was born Aug. 28, 1936, in Phoenixville, Pa., the daughter of Peter and Anna Hriko Chapay.
She was a graduate of Phoenixville High School and later graduated from the Columbia Institute in Philadelphia. After her graduation, she worked as the secretary to the personnel manager of the Borrows Company which at the time was working on the Atlas Rocket Project. She was a member of St. Christine Church and volunteered at the gift shop at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Dorothy will always be remembered for her complete devotion to her family. There are no words to adequately describe her genuine sweetness and loving presence. She always brought a sense of fun to any occasion and had a zest and love for life that was to be admired. Her greatest legacy is her strong commitment to family and the Christian values that she both taught through her words and actions. She had a loving impact on all who were blessed enough to know her.
She is survived by her husband, James Martin, whom she married Sept. 22, 1958; two daughters, Kim and her husband, Howard Vari of Poland and Heidi Martin of Boardman; her grandchildren, Rachel and Alex Vari and Dillon and James Gennaro, both of Flat Rock Care Center in Flat Rock; her mother-in-law, Susan Martin and sister-in-law, Joyce Peters, both of Edmond, Okla.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Lynn Martin; and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Leo Zeleski.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
CAMPBELL Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph the Provider Church with Msgr. John Zuraw officiating, for Rose J. Minarovic, 91, who passed away Monday morning at her home.
Rose was born Feb. 13, 1919, in Campbell, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Malek Zuraw and was a life long area resident.
She was a member of the church and besides being a homemaker, she and her husband Charles, owned and operated 101 Garage in Oceanside, Calif., where they lived for many years.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a sister, Suzanna Zuraw, with whom she made her home; a brother, John (Jean) Zuraw of Campbell; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband ,Charles, who passed away Nov. 3, 1979; three brothers, Michael Zuraw, Leo and Ralph Zura; and two infant brothers, John and August.
The Zuraw family has entrusted the arrangements of their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary.
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for William G. Bill Roessler, 79, who died Tuesday morning.
Bill was born Dec. 12, 1930, in Goshen Township, the son of William and Plaoma (Shisler) Roessler.
Bill was a member of the Austintown Community Church, American Legion Post 737 of Lake Milton, where he was a member of the Honor Guard and served as 1st Vice Commander. He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans, 40 & 8 Voiture No. 925 10th District, where he had served as 1st Vice and Commander. He was also a member of American Legion 9th District, where he was Sargent-at-Arms and assistant adjutant and was a past Commander with the Mahoning County Council. Bill was a member of the Eagles Club 213 of Youngstown.
Bill served his country proudly in the Navy during the Korean War.
Bill also was a member of UAW Archery, volunteered at the VA Clinic, was an avid bowler, loved to travel and camp, loved to play cards, hunt and fish and made many trips to the casinos.
He retired in 1995 from General Motors, where he had worked in maintenance for 25 years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara (Santelli) Roessler, whom he married Sept. 17, 1988; children, Cheryl VanSteenberg of Lake Milton, Sandy Dunsieth of Austintown and Linda Shaffer of Youngstown; stepchildren, Pamela Baytos, Cindy Slider, both of Berlin Center and Ed Miller of Lake Milton. He is also survived by sisters, Ilene August of Austintown, Marjorie Roessler of Berlin Center, Viola Pack of Pennsylvania, Lois Pyles of Lake Milton and Gladys Smith of Kentucky; brother Roger Roessler of North Jackson; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Precious.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister Janet Hall; son Glenn; daughter Jeanette; and grandson Timothy (TJ).
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Saturday.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
NORTH JACKSON Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Calvin C. Watson, 80, who died late Monday evening at Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
Calvin was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of the late Charles and Florence (Glaeser) Watson.
He was employed by Anchor Motor Freight in Lordstown, where he had been a truck driver.
Calvin was a member of the First Federated Church in North Jackson and belonged to the teamsters Local No. 377. He enjoyed farming, especially raising blueberries.
Calvin leaves his wife, the former Phyllis Seelbaugh, whom he married May 27, 1950. He also leaves three children, Carol (Eric) Lundquist of Waukesha, Wis., Rick (Kathleen) Watson of Penrose, Colo. and Bruce (Patti) Watson of Lordstown; a brother, Robert Watson of Lowellville; and two granddaughters, Megan and Corinne.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Charles Watson.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
AUSTINTOWN James J. Papa Jim May, 77, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010, with his loving family by his side at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Youngstown, the son of the late William J. May and Carrie (Harker) May.
The family includes his wife, Nena (Nicodemo) May of Austintown, whom he married May 17, 1952; daughter Lee Ann (Randy) Wallace of Austintown; son Michael (Judy) May of Canfield; daughter-in-law, Karen (Clarke) May; nine grandchildren, Tracy, Kim, Michael, Adam, Alex, Chris, Justin, Samantha and Chelsea; and four great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Cami, Lauren and Addison.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by son William Bill May; and sister Mona Jean May.
James was a 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He was a Korean War veteran, serving with the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, where he was selected as Airman of the Month.
He was formerly employed as a supervisor at LTV Steel and Ohio Turnpike Commission. He was a member of St. Joseph Church and also its Mens Club and the Cursillo Movement No. 9. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing with his sons, grandsons and brothers-in-law.
Calling hours will be at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 E. Indianola Ave. in Youngstown, on Thursday, March 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
Services will be at St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2010.
WARREN There were private services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard for Christos Bournias, 86, who died Saturday morning March 20, 2010, at the Hospice of the Valley Hospice House.
Mr. Bournias was born April 28, 1923, in Chios, Greece, a son of Stylianos and Maria Kassos Bournias and came to the United States in 1955.
Christos worked as a steel worker for 29 years for what was Republic Steel and later became LTV Steel and retired in 1984.
His wife, Sofia Bournias, whom he married in September of 1950, passed away in 1989.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him especially his family.
He is survived by his daughter, Maria States of Hubbard and a son, Steve G. Bournias of Warren. He is also survived by two grandsons, Nicholas Kaloudis and Christos Kaloudis; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Despina Spithogianis of Whitestone, N.Y. and Barbara Vasiladis of Bethlehem, Pa.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sofia; three sisters, Kate Katos, Irene Axiotis and Niki Platon; and two brothers, Stamatis Bournias and Elias Louis Bournias.
A special thanks goes to all the doctors and staff at the Hospice House of the Valley Hospice House for all the compassionate care given to Christos.
Burial took place at Oakwood Cemetery in Warren.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences with family.
Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home
Providing Funeral Service Since 1850
AUSTINTOWN A memorial Mass will be held Friday at noon at St. Joseph Church for Joseph Eugene Conroy Jr., 66, who passed away March 21, 2010 of cancer at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Joseph was born April 1, 1943, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph E. and Mary P. (Howley) Conroy Sr.
Joseph was a 1961 graduate of East High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a medical corpsman in Korea and Vietnam. Joseph was employed by Parker Hannifin, formerly Commercial Intertech, for 36 years as a machinist. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, where he was a part of the Christ Renews His Parish Program. He was also a member of United Steelworkers Union Local 2332. Joseph enjoyed traveling, dance and taking movies of his grandchildren.
Joseph leaves his wife, of 40 years, the former Rosemary Stefan, whom he married June 21, 1969; his three children, Aaron (Michelle) Conroy of Boardman, Ryan (Jennifer) Conroy of Boardman and Jodi Conroy of Austintown; his sisters, Joan (Pete) Egley of Struthers and Margaret McIntee of Fowler, Ind.; his brother, Michael Conroy of Hubbard; and his six grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Snyder, Kohl, Hunter and Emma Conroy and Brian Fisher.
Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
CAMPBELL Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Wasko Funeral Home with Fr. Michael Swierz officiating for Joseph Feraraccio, 67, who passed away Tuesday morning in his home.
Joseph was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Youngstown, the son on Michael Feraraccio and Helen Gaudio Benson.
He was a graduate of East High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Reserves for six years.
In the 1970s, Joseph was a car salesman and in the 1980s, he was co-owner of Super Duper and IGA Supermarkets and in his spare time, he loved hunting and being outdoors.
Josephs greatest love was his family, and he leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Helen Benson; his wife of 44 years, the former Shirley Cioffi; a daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Mark Livosky of Campbell; two grandchildren, Zachary and Melina, who he adored; and a sister, Rosemary Stamos of Tarpon Springs, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Feraraccio.
The Feraraccio family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary.
HERMITAGE, PA. Carol Sabo Davis, of 3977 Esther Lane, died March 22, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at her residence surrounded by her family.
She was born May 24, 1936, in Sharon, Pa., to Jeanette (Booth) and Robert Sabo.
Carol graduated from Farrell High School in 1954 and worked for J.C. Penney Co. in the Shenango Valley Mall for 16 years. She was a member of the Church of Notre Dame in Hermitage and was a devoted wife, loving mother and proud grandmother.
Surviving are, her husband of 53 years, Thomas Davis; her daughter, Susan L. Iacobucci and her husband, Paul of Macedonia; a son, Thomas Davis Jr. of Poland; sisters, Barbara Leo and Mary Sue Allan, both of Hermitage; and grandchildren, Amanda and Isabella Davis and Daniel, Matthew and Leah Iacobucci.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Andrew Iacobucci; and a brother, Robert Sabo.
A memorial Mass will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Notre Dame, with Msgr. Edward Zeitler officiating.
Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until time of service on Thursday.
Cremation was held at the funeral homes crematory followed by burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Sharon Regional Hospice or Akron Childrens Hospital.
Friends may visit www.flynnfuneralhome.com to sign the guess book.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. in Hermitage.
HERMITAGE, PA. William Bill H. Beach, 80, of 3715 Lee Run Road, formerly of Sharon, Pa., passed away at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, after a brief illness.
Mr. Beach was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Girard, a son of the late Martin and Anna Zickar Beach.
He was a graduate of Girard High School and moved to Sharon in 1956.
A veteran, Bill served with the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Guam. Following his honorable discharge, he was a self employed barber for many years. In 1966, he became a professional bowler and joined the Professional Bowlers Association tour. He was one of the top bowlers ever to come out of the area and won many bowling titles throughout his career. In 1972, Bill was selected to the Bowlers Journal All-American Team and won the Don Carter Ebonite Open in Arcadia, Calif. and the American Bowling Congress Masters Championship in Long Beach, Calif.
He provided some of the most exciting moments in Masters history by emerging from the losers bracket to win the 1972 Title, defeating defending champion, Jim Godman with clutch strikes in the final frames of both matches. Bill appeared on ABC Sports and ESPN many times and had numerous top five finishes, including the Detroit Open, the Syracuse Open (1978), the Houston Open (1974), the Winston-Salem Classic (1972, and the Seniors Championship in 1981. He also had four 1st place finishes in the ABC. He reached the top of the prestigious ABC lifetime average chart in 1978 with a 203 average for twenty one sanctioned ABC Tournaments. In 1966, he held the triplicate set record with games of 246, 246 and 246 for a total 738 series. In 1964, he was the first bowler to score 1000 points in four games at the Bowlers Proprietors Association (BPA) All Star Elimination Tournament held in Kansas City, Mo. Bill competed in 40 ABC tournaments and won more than 70 championships in singles, doubles and team play. He had numerous 300 games and 700 and 800 sets and in 1981 won the first PBA senior tour championship held in New Orleans. He was inducted into American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame (1991), Mercer County Hall of Fame (1990), Pennsylvania Bowling Hall of Fame (1979), Warren (Ohio) Bowling Hall of Fame (1985), Girard (Ohio) Hall of Fame (2003), Mercer County Bowling Association Hall of Fame (1989), and the Youngstown Mens Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Ironically, most of his bowling accomplishments came after he was 40 years old. Bill was honored by the City of Sharon for his bowling accomplishments and on March 4, 1989 the mayor proclaimed it Bill Beach Day.
Later, he owned and operated Bill Beachs Pro Shop and Bowling Supply in the former Hickory Bowl in Hermitage, for more than 20 years. Bill was a member of St. Joseph Church in Sharon. Besides bowling, he enjoyed a round of golf and spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.
Surviving are: his wife of 54 years, the former Dolores Olshavsky, whom he married May 19, 1956; a son, William Bill Beach Jr. of Sharpsville; two daughters, Lorraine McGlone of Macedonia, and Elaine Haskins and her husband, Michael, of Troutville, Pa.; a brother, Ray Beach of Austintown; a sister, Louise Beach of Girard; seven grandchildren, Kathleen, Molly and Joseph McGlone, Julia Temple, Kyle and Luke Haskins and Malana Beach; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Cooper Temple.
Besides his parents, Bill was also preceded in death by a brother, Louis Beach; and a son-in-law, Joseph McGlone.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St. in Sharon.
Friends may visit www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com to email condolences at our web site .
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2010, at St. Joseph Church, corner of E. State Street and Case Avenue of Sharon, with the Rev. J. Thomas Dugan, senior associate, as celebrant.
Entombment will be at St. Rose Cemetery Mausoleum in Hermitage, with military honors rendered by the Sharon Honor Guard.
CAMPBELL Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 10:15 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers and at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 421 Covington St. in Youngstown for Helen (Lilak) Chapella, who died peacefully at Hospice House with her niece, Terry at her side.
Helen was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Campbell, the daughter of Jacob and Treza Friscic Lilak. She was a lifelong resident of Campbell.
Helen Chapella, the former Helen Lilak, was a devoted wife and homemaker. She graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1938. After graduation, she worked at the Arsenal in Ravenna, during World War II, making ammunition.
Helen was active until her time. She was a member of the Croatian Ladies Club of Campbell, the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 185 Campbell, a member of the American Croatian Citizens Club and St. George Kolo Group.
She was a very good aunt and loved children. She loved to cook and bake. She was noted for her delicious homemade apple/cheese strudels, cookies and cakes. She was talented and enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She was a collector of all types of figurines.
Her husband, Michael Chapella, whom she married Nov. 17, 1945 at Sts. Peter & Paul Croatian Church, entered into his eternal rest March 9, 2006. She missed him greatly. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church her whole life.
She leaves behind to mourn her loss, nieces and nephews, Terry and Dave Callahan, who were her care givers, Mary Ann (George) Flyak, Karen (Jerome) Kearney, Jack (Marilyn) Tekac, Rosemary (Jeff) Olsavsky and Ray (Amy) Rabovsky; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kimberly (Dominic) Trivia, Rick Callahan, Bruce Flyak, Amanda Kearney, Molly Kearney and Ryan Tekac, Katie Rabovsky, Patrick Rabovsky and Frankie Rabovsky; and a great-great-nephew, Anthony W. Trivia.
She loved the Croatian heritage and playing the slots.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Katherine (Katie) Rabovsky, Marie Rose Tekac; and a brother, John F. Lilak.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A special thanks to Rosemary Olsavsky and Mary Ann Flyak (nieces) and Jack Tekac for helping Terry and Dave Callahan care for Aunt Helen. Also, thanks to Hampton Woods Rehab and the Hospice House for their support and kindness during this difficult time.
Please visit kirilafh.com to view this obituary and send online condolences to the family.
Kirila Funeral Home, Inc.
Dedicated to caring since 1952
LOWELLVILLE Donald Anthony Commisso, 69, died Tuesday morning of complications due to a stroke at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Don was born Aug. 27, 1940, in Youngstown, a son of Dominic and Mary Carrocce Commisso.
He was raised in Hillsville/Edinburg and moved to this area in 1963.
Don was a 1958 graduate of Bessemer High School and served in the Army National Guard. A highly respected businessman, Don established Commisso Paving over 40 years ago. Recently, Don along with his son, Dino, renovated the former Rosa DeLima Church into what is presently Brownstone Catering.
Don was a member of the Coitsville VFW and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Struthers.
Don enjoyed hunting and fishing at his cabin in Tionesta and most of all spending time with his grandson, the apple of his eye, Dominick.
Through the years, Don made many friends. He will be remembered for always willing to lend a a helping hand and for his great sense of humor.
Besides his wife, the former Shirley Buchanan, whom he married Oct. 12, 1963, he leaves one son, Dino Commisso of Coitsville; one daughter, Angel Commisso-West of Coitsville; one sister, Dorothy (Mickey) Markovich of Ulysses, Pa.; and his grandson, Dominick Commisso.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Tobin officiating. Interment will follow at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Lowellville.
Friends will be received Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.
A Prayer Service will be held Friday at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
LOWELLVILLE Ella Rose Solak, 20 months, passed away Tuesday morning with her family by her side from heart complications she had since birth.
Ella was born July 14, 2008, the daughter of Ivan and Regina (Hvisdak) Solak.
Ella was a great joy to her family and now is truly our little angel.
Ella Roses time was short, but the love for her will forever last in the hearts of her parents, Gina and Ivan; her sister, Kaye; brother, Nate; her paternal grandparents, Ivan Solak and Betty Solak; her maternal grandparents, John and Diane Hvisdak; her maternal great-grandmother, Peg Menichini; her Uncle John and Aunt Lori Hvisdak; Aunt Danielle Hvisdak, and Uncle Nick Solak; and her four cousins, Taylor, J.T., Matt and Ryan Hvisdak.
There will be prayers at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010, at the RossiLellio Funeral Home followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, both in Lowellville, with the Rev. Charles Poore Celebrating the Mass for Ella Rose.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Thursday, March 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the RossiLellio Funeral Home, 151 Second St. in Lowellville.